“We will not repeat the mistakes of the past. There will be a few job changes and adjustments but nothing dramatic, just the normal process of good people from the second row moving forward,” said Di Montezemolo in a recent interview with Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.
As you all know, Ferrari's major addition to the 2011 team was confirmed in June, with McLaren's former Chief Engineer of Race Development Pat Fry signing a long-time commitment with the Scuderia. At the time, it was believed that his main task for the remainder of the 2010 campaign was to supervise the development of Ferrari's 2011 racer.
“With Pat Fry from McLaren, we have only brought in one man from the outside, and this happened long before Abu Dhabi,” added the Italian boss.
Grabbing Fry from their rivals' backyard was a move intended to bring Ferrari an upper hand over the other title contenders next year. With his extensive experience in designing race-winning cars in F1, Fry's job was to help created a winning car for Ferrari from the get go, therefore avoiding the poor start of the season in 2010.
“Even though we won the first race this year, we did not have the best car from the start, we won (in Bahrain) only because Red Bull had a problem,” said Di Montezemolo, hinting that once again Ferrari had to play catch up to Red Bull from the start of the season.
“We improved significantly this year compared to 2009, but – as was the case the previous year as well – Red Bull had the best car. Next time we must have the best car from the first race,” concluded the Italian boss.